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Jaws Fret Press

Jaws Fret Press

Jaws Fret Press

Jaws Fret Press

Item # 4431
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$368.81

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Jaws Fret Press

About This Item

Fret an entire bolt-on neck, or most of an acoustic neck, FAST!
"My favorite fretting tool." — Dan Erlewine

The original handheld fret press
Jaws was invented by our own Dan Erlewine, master teacher of fretting techniques. It gives you the finest control as you press a fret into the slot—you actually feel it seating! You get the precision of an arbor press with the mobility of a hand tool.

NEW! Quick-change neck cauls
You get four padded neck support cauls, to cradle any neck:

  • Standard for guitar and bass
  • Wide for classical guitar
  • Narrow for ukulele, mandolin and banjo
  • Flat for bolt-on neck heels

A quick-release pin lets you swap neck cauls in an instant. The neck cauls slide on a brass bar, for centering the neck under the fret caul or moving off-center to press fret ends.

Self-leveling fret caul
The self-adjusting fret caul holds our 2-1/2" brass inserts, radius-curved and grooved to fit the fret. These are the same inserts used in our Fret Arbor Press and Jaws2.

Our Jaws Fret Press comes with these popular radii: 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16", and a special 6" radius insert for gluing fret ends. Additional radii are available.

Lifetime guarantee
We manufacture Jaws here in Ohio, modifying the strongest clamping plier of all: the rugged FACOM/PROTO tool. Jaws is the finest tool available for installing frets, backed by StewMac's 100% Guarantee.

Why press frets?
Pressing the frets saves time and gives consistent results. That's why it's the method that's widely used in guitar production. Pressed-in frets are less likely to be loose or uneven, because there's none of the recoil produced by hammer blows.

Jaws2 Jaws2 for acoustic fretboard extensions
Hammering frets over an unsupported acoustic guitar top is risky! Jaws2 has special soundhole cauls and a self-leveling upper caul that take the stress off the guitar top, so you can safely press the frets into place. More...



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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Overview and instructions for using the Jaws Fret Press.

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4.0

It works, but you should practice a bit first

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It does what is claimed, but there is a significant first time fiddle factor. For example the flat neck rest was binding on the rail and would not slide with the pin inserted. I had to mill it 1/32" deeper to make it work. Also the curved neck rest piece needs a slot cut in the outside top end becasue with a thin neck the caul makes contact with the rest long before before seating the fret. If you are not paying attention this can lead to a re-work. (see photos)

5.0

great tool

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the jaws fret press works great. all it requires is a light touch.

5.0

Excellent tool

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Verified Buyer


Before Jaws, I would pop and chip finish off the fretboard edges. That has never happened since I started using Jaws. A no brainer purchase if you are a full time luthier or repairer.

5.0

Jaws fret press

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Verified Buyer


I think it's a great tool just learning how to use it properly at this point. It should work on all or most of the fretboard until you get to the final frets depending on the type of neck. I will update you later on this.

5.0

Dream tools!!

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Fret exchange was my first experience.
With this tool, the fret can be driven in evenly, so I can work while watching the fret entering the neck, so this time it was a scalloped neck, but I think it was finished well.
We are glad to get this tool, thanks to "Stew Mac" for providing it.

4.0

Great tool, but have to shim cauls

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Nice tool, but I've had issues with slop between the caul and the inserts. Under pressure, the insert presses at an angle and causing the frets to not seat properly.

To ensure the clamping force goes directly into the fret, I've installed a metal shim between the caul and insert.

5.0

Great Tool

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Verified Buyer


Shure glad i bought it for my Shop!

5.0

Regret not buying this sooner

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Verified Buyer


So yeah I admit it, I looked at this tool regularly for the last 10 years thinking I was doing OK without it. I was wrong. I bought one to do a fragile acoustic I did not want to do on the drill press and I fell in love with it. There is a learning curve as with most tools. You have to develop a feel for pre-adjusting it before doing a glued-in fret but it does not take very long to get started. The frets are properly seated and ready to go. I like the fact the tool can hold the fret in while the CA sets. This tool is pricey but worth the money if you do a lot of fret work.

5.0

Very efficient

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Verified Buyer


I used to use an arbor press but these work faster and have more feel. I don't feel nervous about applying to much pressure anymore.

5.0

JAWS rocks!

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Verified Buyer


I just installed my first frets using JAWS on a flat classical cocobolo fretboard and couldn't be happier. Frets look perfect, fully seated, no hammer marks on frets or board, and took all of about ten minutes from unpacking the tool to start of end nipping and end dressing. I mounted the tool in a vise which left both hands free to hold the board and operate the clamp. I found that I couldn't just press the whole fret at once and be sure it was going in straight, so I began each fret by seating one end then pressing in the whole thing, then spot pressing across the width of the board and finally a last clamp across the whole feet. Takes much less time to do than to describe. The tool is great and the Stewmac service was too.

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